Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
“Sanctification: To be set apart for a holy special purpose.
Holiness is required here, consisted of separation from all unclean, abominable, and unholy things. Other degrees of holiness take in separation from all sin and immoral living, and consecration to the same end in Life that God is consecrated to. The condition of holiness as in Lev. 19:2-37; 20:2-27 and many other passages, goes further and takes in personal moral cleanness of life and conduct [1 Thes. 4:3; 5:6-23; Heb. 12:14].
Such holiness is evidenced by purity of life and morals, not by outward appearance and the customary adorning which makes a person more attractive and a better representative of true religion. See 1 Samuel 16:7; Mk. 7:19-21; Rom. 1:18-32; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Gal. 5:19-21].” – Dake A.R.Bible – p.130.
To ‘sanctify’ is not a word that is often used in ordinary conversation today. We may regard it as a technical word; and because we thin of it a s a technical word, we may tend to put its meaning away from us. But its meaning is plain enough, and simple enough. It means to make holy, to make like Christ. To be sanctified is to be Christ like.
When you read the Gospel story, you may wish in your heart that you were like Him, and even try to change the pattern of your life, and to make yourself holy. You try, and try, and try, but you never succeed. Indeed, the more you try the more conscious you become of failure.
Your self-effort never seems to lead you to the goal that you long to attain; and at last you are forced to admit, perhaps with a feeling of despair, that you do not possess in yourself the secret that will make you holy.
And it is true: we do not. No on can stoop down and lift himself by his own shoelaces to a level higher than the level he occupied before. Anyone may try the experiment. Nor can anyone life himself, by his own effort, by his own will-power, by his own determination, to a spiritual level that was beyond his reach before.
But what you cannot do by your own self-effort, God is able and willing to do in you and for you. That is the work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of those whose trust is in Him; and in proportion to the measure in which you yield yourself to His control, He will make you holy.
He will make you Christ like, He will make you the kind of person God wants you to be. – Marcus C. Loane : Three Functions of the Spirit, 1968.
– Daily Thoughts from Keswick.